Celeste Donato

NHMRC Peter Doherty Early Career Research Fellow
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I am currently a NHMRC Peter Doherty early career research fellow based within the Vijay lab at Monash University. I have a major interest in using next generation sequencing technologies and phylogenetic analyses to characterise viruses that cause significant paediatric morbidity and mortality; as well as viruses associated with zoonotic transmission. I completed a Biomedical Science degree (Hons) at La Trobe University and was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award to complete my PhD in the Enteric Disease Group, Murdoch Children's Research Institute. My PhD investigated the changing epidemiology of rotavirus strains in Australia following the universal introduction of paediatric rotavirus vaccines, and was recognized with a Nancy Millis medal. I have a NHMRC-funded project commencing in 2019 entitled “Is vaccine-induced herd immunity altering the diversity of rotavirus strains in Australia” combining cutting-edge phylogenetic and antigenic analyses to describe rotavirus evolution.


Divergent human origin influenza viruses detected in Australian swine populations.

Evolution and spatio-temporal dynamics of Enterovirus A71 subgenogroups in Vietnam.

The Broad Host Range and Genetic Diversity of Mammalian and Avian Astroviruses.

Genetic characterization of Enterovirus 71 strains circulating in Vietnam in 2012